257 Tasting Notes

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drank Lemon Souffle by Tealyra
257 tasting notes

This is really good. Such a sweet smell, like lemony spun sugar. The flavor is also sweet but not as much as the smell. Which, in this case, is probably a good thing. The candied lemon flavor does come through though and it is delightful. Being caffeine free, my kids are also digging this.

That smell though… I would love a candle that smells like this.

Flavors: Cream, Lemon, Sugar

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
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Try Virginia candle company. They have a lot of different scents.

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87

While I still wish this tea would last a bit longer in terms of how many flavorful steeps you can get, what you DO get is a wonderfully complex flavor. Some days I drink it and taste all of the roasty goodness. Days like today, I get a full palate of juicy, fruity notes. Wonderful tea.

Flavors: Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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60
drank Citron Green by Adagio Teas
257 tasting notes

I have this in the iced tea pouches. I was hoping for a little more citrus flavor but it is much earthier like a plain green tea. It isn’t horrid but rather a bit unspectacular.

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78
drank Banana Dulce by Art of Tea
257 tasting notes

Really nice chamomile blend. Not sure I get a lot of banana out of it but the overall flavor is indeed very enjoyable.

Flavors: Floral, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 7 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Earl of Grey by The Tea Spot
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79

I served this tonight at my book club where we were discussing Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. It was actually one of the few Adagio black teas that I really enjoyed. Sweet, chocolate, malt with a slight fruity undertone. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. While I’m not normally one to go with the crowd, in this instance, I happen to agree.

Flavors: Berry, Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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92
drank Bai Rui Xiang by Verdant Tea
257 tasting notes

Oh dear this is good. Creamy. Berries. Slight roast notes. I would recommend this tea for someone who is just getting into oolongs without flavoring and who might also enjoy berry flavors. The natural flavor on this is really amazing.

Flavors: Berries, Cream, Roasted, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML

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78

Drinking the last of this today. I am finding it earthy and with subtle notes of berry. Now, full disclosure, I picked (and ate) a few bowls of wild blackberries on the back of my property line this morning so I’m not sure how much that is influencing my taste buds.

It is very smooth, though I can feel that if I pushed the steeping lengths too much longer it could go tannic on me. A nice tawny, ruby, reddish color through most of the steeps. Nothing too big jumps out. It is strong but unassuming.

Flavors: Berry, Earth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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81
drank Coconut green by Zen Tea
257 tasting notes

It is hard for me to get green tea (especially flavored green tea) to come out right using my gaiwan. But I continue to try. For this tea, I’m glad I did.

This comes out surprisingly smooth with no trace of bitterness. The coconut flavor is present and creamy. I am enjoying this after a perfect spring trail walk. Life is good, friends. Drink it up.

Flavors: Coconut, Creamy

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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30

Thank you to SuperStarling! for sending me this tea.

I’m not sure what happened here. Perhaps I overleafed it or used too hot of water but I couldn’t get this one to NOT be bitter. I first tried it with close to boiling water for 10-15 seconds and it was bitter. I poured that out and reduced the water temp to about 200 degrees and steeped it again for 10-15 seconds and it turned out just as, if not more, bitter than the first steep.

Unfortunately, this one is a no for me. It started off promising, as the wet leaves smelled delicious and malty.

Flavors: Bitter, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Michigander, Husband, father of three, lover of tea, books, nature, gardening, and passion. Stay at home dad currently. Previously a preschool teacher.

I have now completed some tea swaps and I am so totally up for swapping! What a cool way to connect with fellow tea lovers and try some new teas. My tea cupboard on here is woefully out of date though.

Black tea has been my go to tea for some time. Oolongs are good too but mainly roasty oolongs. I’m finding that there are some green and white teas (mostly Moonlight Whites) that impress me lately which they never used to do. I am getting into and developing a taste for Pu-erh. I have tried raw and my Ulcerative Colitis just can’t handle the roughness of it. So I stick to ripe Puerh. I am recently drinking more herbal tea or Rooibos especially STRONG ginger blends. I’m not too picky.

Some of my favorite places from which to purchase tea are Whispering Pines Tea Co, Verdant, A Quarter to Tea, Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co, Bitterleaf Tea, and Yunnan Sourcing.

Rating system:
90-100: Some of the best I’ve ever had. I’d be a fool not to keep it stocked as often as possible
80-89: A damn good tea. Not to be missed
70-79: A good tea but lacks the wow factor. More than likely a simple tea that could be an every day option
60-69: Eh. This is okay. Not swill by any means but fairly underwhelming.
50-59: Not really doing it for me. I’ll finish it but please don’t bring me any more.
Below 50: Life is too short to waste on things such as this

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Lansing, Michigan

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